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Old 09-08-2014, 12:52 AM   #1
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I am looking for an inexpensive way to make ballistic gelatin. I have plenty of ways to mold the gelatin. Everything I am interested in testing would require a lot of gelatin so I am looking for a way to cut costs. Knox gelatin that is used for cooking is expensive. I see why the russians use clay to test their ammo. I really want to test a Hornady SST slug. I called a friend who owns a restaurant supply. I don't think he understands what I want to do. He asked why shoot gelatin? Test the slugs by shooting a deer.

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Old 09-08-2014, 02:50 AM   #2
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Do you have a large enough refrigerator with enough room to chill the gel?

What I have seen online is you make the gelatin, melt it, then mold it again.

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I suppose you can melt and mold again and again?

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Just use phone books like Hickock45.....If you can find any. Are they still making them...?

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When I feel the need to check bullet expansion I still use "Dark Ages" technology.. Wet newspapers

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Uniformity of the tests is more important than

the testing media.

Wet paper, cardboard, catalogs, phone books, etc.

The real challenge is to get them in quantity.

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Do you have a large enough refrigerator with enough room to chill the gel?

What I have seen online is you make the gelatin, melt it, then mold it again.
No, but during the winter months I could just put the gelatin outside. I could form the gelatin in a 35 gallon water trough. I don't have to fill it up, just 8" in the bottom. Then I could cut it in strips with a large knife.

Newspaper is an option. I have a hard time getting my wife with the program. It took me 6 months to save 5 milk jugs to test a 9mm. She kept throwing the milk jugs out saying I am not using them. I couldn't get her to understand one or two milk jugs of water cannot catch a bullet. Then we got into an argument about how stupid I am trying to catch a bullet. It was very cold in this house for a couple weeks. I did not speak to her at all.
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Youtube turns up a lot when you search for "how to make ballistic gelatin at home"

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=how+to+make+ballistics+gel+at +home

edit:There are some online sources like Amazon

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_17?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=ballistic+gelatin&sprefix=ballistic+gelat in%2Csporting%2C222&rh=i%3Aaps%2Ck%3Aballistic+gel atin

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5 lb gummi bear. No mixing, no mess, pre packaged and tuff as hell

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I watched a lot of videos. Videos don't give you sources to buy gelatin cheaply. Gelatin is not cheap from what I am seeing. I am just curious. Not running an ammo company or do I care to get on youtube.

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